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Top 15 Restaurants in NYC

February 4, 2016 / New York City

One of the benefits of living in New York City is having access to endless dining options. And with uberX rates, exploring those options is now more affordable than ever. Last week, some restaurants in particular stole the attention of hungry New Yorkers. To find out where the masses were dining, we looked at anonymized trip data between Friday, January 25, and Sunday, January 31. Here are the standings:

1. VANDAL | LES

Vandal is the uber-cool (see what we did there?) new restaurant by the same team who brought us LAVO and TAO. It’s only been open for 3 weeks, but Vandal has already positioned itself as the most popular restaurant among New York Uber riders. Good thing the restaurant has 3 dining rooms and 360 seats to pack in the crowds.

photo via ny.eater.com
photo via ny.eater.com

2. TORO / DEL POSTO / COLICCHIO & SONS | CHELSEA

Since all 3 of these restaurants share the same address, it’s tough to say which one attracted the biggest crowd last week. The good news? All 3 are worth the trip. So let’s just call it a draw, shall we?

photo via nytimes.com
photo via nytimes.com

3. BEAUTY & ESSEX | LES

New Yorkers have been flocking to this restaurant-turned-nightclub for years. Whether they go for the food or the dancing, it’s clear this LES hotspot is still hot.

photo via beautyandessex.com
photo via beautyandessex.com

4. ELEVEN MADISON PARK | FLATIRON

As of 2 weeks ago, the award-winning restaurant has revamped its menu, now offering minimalist dishes as opposed to a theatrical experience. Based on the number of people riding there just last week, it would appear the new concept is a hit.

photo via ny.eater.com
photo via ny.eater.com

5. LOCANDA VERDE | TRIBECA

Both a neighborhood favorite and New York favorite, Locanda Verde gets it right—every time.

photo via locandaverdenyc.com
photo via locandaverdenyc.com

6. BARBUTO | WEST VILLAGE

Go for the chicken, stay for the wine.

photo via thenewpotato.com
photo via thenewpotato.com

7. CATCH | MEATPACKING

This popular Meatpacking destination attracts big groups looking for a dinner-to-dancing night out on the town.

photo via catchrestaurants.com
photo via catchrestaurants.com

8. THE MERCER KITCHEN | SOHO

This SoHo restaurant has remained popular among New Yorkers since it opened in the late ’90s. Favorite dishes include the truffle and fontina pizza and the burger.

photo via themercerkitchen.com
photo via themercerkitchen.com

9. BALTHAZAR RESTAURANT | SOHO

We already discovered that Balthazar reigns as #1 when it comes to brunch, but now we see that its popularity continues throughout the week, at all times of day.

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10. PETER LUGER STEAK HOUSE | WILLIAMSBURG

Looks like a lot of New Yorkers were craving red meat last week. Good thing they all knew where to find the best.

photo via ny.eater.com
photo via ny.eater.com

11. ABC KITCHEN | UNION SQUARE

ABC Kitchen has definitely established itself as a staple in the NYC restaurant scene. We wouldn’t be surprised if it made it to a top 15 list among Uber riders every week.

photo via vogue.com
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12. ACME | NOHO

What was once a popular Nordic restaurant is now a French-Italian bistro. Based on its placement on this list, it would appear New Yorkers have embraced Acme’s new identity.

photo via acmenyc.com
photo via acmenyc.com

13. THE SPOTTED PIG | WEST VILLAGE

5 years ago, you might have had to wait 3-4 hours before sitting to eat at The Spotted Pig. Today? Maybe only 2-3. Things are looking up! But really, long waits never kept anyone away from that juicy burger, and they never will.

photo via thefoodsmackdown.com
photo via thefoodsmackdown.com

14. LA ESQUINA | SOHO

Whether you’re looking for window service tacos or a subterranean sit-down experience, La Esquina is always a good choice.

photo via nytimes.com
photo via nytimes.com

15. SANTINA | MEATPACKING

Though the food is delicious, we wouldn’t be surprised if most people go to Santina for the atmosphere. The music, decor, and colorful Mediterranean cuisine offer vacation-like vibes. Who doesn’t need that kind of escape in the dead of winter?

photo via bloomberg.com
photo via bloomberg.com